Managed by Active Ageing Australia, AAAnet is a network for organisations with an interest in physical activity for older adults.

  • communicate and collaborate with colleagues
  • share and gain information
  • discuss ideas and activities targeted at physical activity for older South Australians.

Communication occurs mainly via email and e-news, with opportunities to discuss issues, provide feedback and share information and news. You can view archived e-newsletters by clicking here.  We also organise regular forums and events.

Past Events

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 Past events


#CelebrateAge Conference 2016

Our inaugural conference was an enormous success, with nearly 90 attendees. With a wide range of topics covered, there was something for everyone, and the various physical activities throughout the day were particularly popular and kept everyone energised!

Thank you to our speakers who have provided copies of their presentations which they are happy to share:

Conference Program

Opening Address Michelle Crisp, ORS

Wellbeing & Resilience David Kelly, SAHMRI

Exercise for Falls Prevention & Osteoporosis Robin Townsend

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Fast Track to Good Health Elizabeth Barnard, ACH Group

Making Healthy Normal Jo Boylan, Southern Cross Care SA NT

Active Ageing in Unley Celilne Luya, City of Unley

There was also a lot of interest in the Brain Energiser activities presented so energetically by Rick Baldock, ACHPER. The following link to the youtube videos they are based on:

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Rock Paper Scissors Maths



Another Successful Active Ageing Week

#CelebrateAge with us and view the photographs of our events

Sunday 27th September: The inaugural InterACTIVE Adelaide Walk, a gentle walk around Adelaide's River Torrens Precinct.

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Tuesday 29th September: 65 attended the 'Move and Eat to Cheat Ageing' seminar at West Adelaide Football Club, Milner Road, Richmond. Guest speaker Ngaire Hobbins author of the popular book 'Eat to Cheat Ageing' and Colin Eves Natural Fitness and Wellness Expert.

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Wednesday 30th September:The inaugural #CelebrateAge Award was an opportunity to acknowledge the work across community that promotes physical activity for lifelong health and wellness. Held at Reade Park Tennis Club Colonel Light Gardens.

The winners were:
Individual achievement - Patrick Walden OAM, Gymnastics SA Queenstown Gymnastics Club. Organisational achievement - Grenville Community Connections Hub.

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#CelebrateAge Forum - You will still need me when I'm 64 - supporting an active, ageing workforce.

Wednesday 29th October 2014

Opened by the Hon. Zoe Bettison, Minister for Ageing, this Forum explored the challenges and benefits of keeping older workers active and healthy.  Thanks to our informative speakers:

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Colin Milner MC Ali Clarke

Colin Milner, CEO of the International Council on Active Ageing (left) spoke on international perspectives of the ageing workforce; and

Professor Graeme Hugo, University of Adelaide (right) discussed some demographic dimensions of baby boomer workforce participation beyond age 60, and the need for policy in this area to take full cogniscence of worker and employer attitudes, workplace conditions, the necessity for retraining, flexibility in working hours and conditions and above all have a strong equity dimension.

  • Victoria Morton, ACS SA & NT
    ACS is one of eight organisations in South Australia that has been successful in securing commonwealth funding for three years to auspice the initiative Healthy Workers – Healthy Futures within the aged care sector.
    The initiative aims to reduce the risk of chronic disease in Australia by reducing the prevalence of overweight and obesity, improving nutrition, decreasing the levels of smoking and harmful alcohol consumption while increasing physical activity within the workforce.
  • Tim Nelson, Alere
    As an Exercise Physiologist and Health Promotion Manager, Tim has been involved in developing and delivering corporate workplace health programs, and shared a case study of a successful program within a large organisation.
#CelebrateAge supported by:
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Forum Friday 23rd May 2014 

No More Excuses!  Overcoming Barriers to Participation

Our fourth event bringing together members and stakeholders to examine the challenges of engaging an ageing demographic in physical activity was a great success.
This forum highlighted the key barriers to participation (e.g. being unaware of opportunities; lack of support from others; fear of injury; cost and transport) and shared pertinent recent data and examples of best practice to demonstrate how barriers have been, or are attempting to be, overcome.

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Noeline Brown

Ambassador for Ageing, Noeline Brown, was our guest opening speaker. Noeline is one of Australia's best loved actors, and has been Ambassador for Ageing since 2008.  In her role as Ambassador, Noeline promotes healthy ageing through a series of posters and informative brochures for older people with sensible tips and advice on how to maintain and protect health, wellbeing and independence. View the resources available by clicking here.



 MC for the event was media personality and Advertiser columnist Ali Clarke. Ali is a City of Adelaide Active Ambassador, and has extensive experience hosting events as wide-ranging as Sky Racing's Hall of Fame Dinner, The Premier's Food Awards, The Leukaemia Foundation's Light the Night walk and the Adelaide Football Club's Women in Business functions.


A panel of speakers gave brief presentations, followed by questions with the opportunity for active audience participation, then networking over lunch.

KevinNortonProf Kevin Norton, UniSA.
Kevin is a Professor of Exercise Science in the School of Health Sciences. His current research and teaching interests include exercise-induced changes to health risk factors, interventions to increase physical activity among adults, and limits to human performance in sport.



Cam OpieCam Opie, SGL Consulting Group.
Cam has over 30 years experience in state and local government leadership, strategic planning and evaluation, community development, leisure and cultural development as community developer, planner, manager and director in five councils in SA and Victoria.  Since 2010 he has been Senior Consultant with the SGL Group of Consultants continuing to work in these fields with governments and community groups, and enjoying volunteering contributions to these sectors in particular supporting the Local Government Community Managers Network, along with much recreation and family fun.


Ann NosworthyAnn Nosworthy, former Strategic Planner for Aged Services
Ann has recently retired as the Strategic Planner for Aged Services in the Southern Fleurieu and KI. Ann has had a long and varied career first as registered nurse in the acute sector, then as a health services administrator with a particular interest in quality improvement before finding her niche in the aged and community care sector for the last 10 years.  In her role in the Southern Fleurieu Ann took particular interest in community engagement for older people, working on creative ways to nurture their participation in community activities regardless of their age or abilities.


MiMWilsonchelle Wilson, National Manager Heart Foundation Walking
Michelle has a Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion) from Curtin University in WA. She has been at the Heart Foundation for ten years in various active living positions focusing on walking and supportive environments for physical activity. She is currently the National Project Manager for Heart Foundation Walking which aims to provide free opportunities for Australians to get active. Her previous experience includes working in regional health promotion and as a personal trainer.


Grace BowmanGrace Bowman, Australian Equestrian Athlete
After a horse riding accident at the age of 12 that resulted in complete paraplegia, Grace has gone on to represent Australia at the Beijing and London Paralympic Games in Equestrian, and achieved a world ranking of number 4 in 2010.  Grace has recently completed a Bachelor of Psychology with first class Honours. She currently works for Equestrian SA as a Youth Development Officer and for Novita Children's Services as a Recreation Officer. Grace is aiming to work as a sport/clinical psychologist, and is interested in investigating the relationship between physical activity and psychological wellbeing.




Breakfast with Colin Milner, CEO of ICAA

THE BIG THINK - Ideas to help you attract and engage the 50 plus market

On 14 November 2013, Colin shared his insight on the ICAA's new model, the 9 Principles of Active Aging over breakfast.  It was a most informative and entertaining morning, with very positive feedback from attendees.

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May 2013 Forum

Gill Walker from Evergreen Advertising & Marketing

- advertising tactics on a shoe string budget (something we are all interested in!)

- tips to create communications that resonate and motivate, and

- social marketing campaigns that encourage positive behavioural change.

You can access Gill's presentation through her blog:

Dr Carole Maher & Judy Sprod from UniSA - spoke on 'Life after work: it should contain physical activity, but does it?'

We also heard from a number of leaders of community based programs that have successfully engaged older adults, including:

  • Cathy Megson-McAllister and Pam McDonald, inspiring EMAA Leaders running the hugely popular Macclesfield 'Young at Heart' exercise group;
  • Karissa Woolfe's contagious enthusiasm had us all taking part in a short Zumba Gold session, followed by a talk on the success of her Zumba classes in the southern suburbs;
  • Judith Lowe spoke on Life Care Active's new fitness facility for over 55s and the philosophy behind it; and
  • Damien Derlique from Rowing SA shared the story of the successful 5 for 10 Indoor Rowing program.

June 2012 Forum

In this Forum, we examined the challenges presented as ‘baby boomers’ - who represent  a quarter of the population but currently 42% of the workforce-  move to double the 65-plus population over the next 20 years or so.   Our key note presenter was Dr Jennifer Buckley, a Post-doctoral Fellow from the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre, University of Adelaide and the creator of “Australia’s Baby Boomer Generation - Obesity at Work - Patterns, causes and Implications”.

We have also sponsored Professor Steve Blair’s visit to Adelaide as a AAANet event, and plan to bring you more opportunities to engage in related conversations in the future.


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